Proud of Ar­gyll and Bute stem cell donors

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, A cross-party par­lia­men­tary event on stem cell trans­plan­ta­tion, sup­ported by blood cancer char­ity and stem cell reg­is­ter An­thony Nolan, was held on July 18 to cel­e­brate the num­ber of peo­ple who are reg­is­tered as stem cell donors.

In Ar­gyll and Bute, the num­ber of po­ten­tial stem cell donors reg­is­tered with An­thony Nolan is 2,139. Some 42 per cent of th­ese donors are male, and the av­er­age age is 34.

I am very proud that Ar­gyll and Bute has 2,139 peo­ple who have self­lessly vol­un­teered to give some­one a sec­ond chance at life. Do­nat­ing stem cells is straight­for­ward but it could make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to some­one with no other chance of a cure.

Across the UK, and out of 650 con­stituen­cies, Ar­gyll and Bute ranks 15th, which, for an area which is largely ru­ral, is ex­cep­tional.

I would like to en­cour­age more peo­ple from Ar­gyll and Bute, par­tic­u­larly men aged 16-30 and peo­ple from black, Asian and eth­nic mi­nor­ity back­grounds, to reg­is­ter as stem cell donors.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the all-party par­lia­men­tary group for stem cell trans­plan­ta­tion, visit www. appg-stem­cell.org.uk. For more in­for­ma­tion about An­thony Nolan, visit www.an­tho­nynolan.org. Bren­dan O’Hara, MP for Ar­gyll and Bute.

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